Weird Tales: Beyond H.P. Lovecraft
Lovecraft was published in Weird Tales magazine a multitude of times. What about the other numerous authors who contributed to Weird fiction - like William Hope Hodgson, Ambrose Bearce, Lord Dunsany, Clark Ashton Smith, and Arthur Machen? Panelists discuss influences on contemporary Weird. Lockhart (M), Griffin, Martin, Morris, Nicolay, Wagner
Cover of Weird Tales, October 1937, by Margaret Brundage
ROSS E. LOCKHART is an author, anthologist, editor, and publisher. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, Lockhart is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Lockhart edited the anthologies The Book of Cthulhu I and II, Tales of Jack the Ripper, and The Children of Old Leech (with Justin Steele), Giallo Fantastique, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, and the forthcoming Eternal Frankenstein (October 2016). He is the author of Chick Bassist. Lockhart lives in Petaluma, California, with his wife Jennifer, hundreds of books, and Elinor Phantom, a Shih Tzu moonlighting as his editorial assistant.
Michael Griffin's collection The Lure of Devouring Light was released by Word Horde in 2016. His stories have appeared in such anthologies as The Children of Old Leech, Autumn Cthulhu and Shirley Jackson Award winner The Grimscribe's Puppets, as well as magazines like Apex, Black Static, and Lovecraft eZine. His work is upcoming in The Madness of Dr. Caligari, Eternal Frankenstein, Leaves of a Necronomicon, Darker Companions: Celebrating 50 Years of Ramsey Campbell, and Nightscript 2. His standalone novella An Ideal Retreat is coming soon from Dim Shores. In addition to writing fiction, he's an electronic musician and founder of the Hypnos Recordings ambient music label. Griffin lives with his wife in Portland, where he has resided most of his life. He can be found on most social media, and his base of operations is at griffinwords.com
Anya Martin has always rooted for the monster and regrets abandoning her earliest career aspiration--paleontology. She's also half-Finnish, still likes punk rock though now with a heavy side of blues and experimental jazz, has a bachelor's degree in anthropology, cooks dangerously hot curries, earns her living as a journalist and abides in Atlanta. Her fiction appears in such anthologies and magazines as the upcoming Eternal Frankenstein, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Giallo Fantastique, Cassilda's Song, Xnoybis #2, Borderlands 6, Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond, and Womanthology: Heroic. She is also associate producer of The Outer Dark podcast, which interviews weird fiction creators and was awarded Best Podcast for 2015 by This Is Horror. She grew up with Weird as the daughter of William C. Martin, First Fandom member and one of the world's most prominent H.P. Lovecraft collectors.
Edward Morris is a 2011 nominee for the Pushcart Prize in Literature, also nominated for the 2009 Rhysling Award and the 2005 British Science Fiction Association Award. His Cosmic Horror fiction has appeared in Dark Regions' THE CHILDREN OF GLA'AKI: TRIBUTE STORIES TO RAMSEY CAMPBELL and RETURN OF THE OLD ONES, as well as PS Publishing's THE STARRY WISDOM LIBRARY and Chaosium's LEGACY OF THE REANIMATOR, among many other fine and horrific collections.Mr. Morris also runs a local spoken-word event called The Hour That Stretches at the Clinton St. Theatre: http://the.hourthatstretches.com
Scott Nicolay writes Weird Fiction. One of his stories won an award. He also hosts the Weird Fiction podcast The Outer Dark. The Outer Dark won an award too. You can listen to The Outer Dark on This Is Horror. You can read his second collection, And at My Back I Always Hear, in 2017.
Wendy N. Wagner is a writer and part of the Hugo award-winning team behind Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Autumn Cthulhu, She Walks in Shadows, Farrago’s Wainscot, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, and The Lovecraft eZine. Her second novel, Starspawn, is a Lovecraft-inspired Pathfinder Tales adventure due out August 2016. An avid gamer and gardener, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her very understanding family. Follow her on Twitter @wnwagner.